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Dec 22, 2012 7:00am PST
, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> reporter: you hear we are talking about the words "achievable goals." the reality here is we have fewer days to work with, less talk about some sort of a grand compromise, and more talk about trying to do something to get things done for americans. randi? >> what do you make of the language and tone? i mean, is any sense of a deal sort of evaporating judging from what we're hearing from both sides, tough talk? >> at the very least, we aren't hearing a lot of warm words between the two toward each other. we know they've been working on this for weeks. you just don't hear that thawing when you hear them talking as they did just within the past 24 hours. shows a lot of work to be done in the next few days. how much is behind the scenes when they're divided geographically is the part we don't know. >> yeah. the president certainly also asking -- suggesting that everyone needs time to cool down. will this new proposal pass with republicans, do you think?
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 7:00am PST
looking for a job, and lays the groundwork for future progress on more economic growth and deficit reduction. i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. >> for the republican side, senator roy blunt of missouri who struck a more partisan tone is shifting blame to democrats. >> the republican-controlled house has taken the step in the right direction. the house has passed bills to protect all americans from burdensome tax increases. in addition, they passed legislation to replace damaging across the board spending cuts with responsible targeted ones. and to bring our nation's record debt under control. but instead of working across the aisle and considering the house-passed plan to protect taxpayers, senate democrats have spent months drawing partisan lines in the sand. >> and all of this gridlock in washington has actually helped the current congress make history. not sure if it's the history they want to make because it would be the most unproductive year ever. a review by the "huffington post,"
CNN
Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
deficits upwards of $1 trillion, which we simply can't afford. we've got $16 trillion worth of debt. if we go through this cliff, it will force our country to have to cut spending. on the flip side, it means higher taxes out of everyone's pocket at a time when the economy is still on fragile ground, showing some signs of recovery. we've got some good ones this week, randi, but still on fra g fragile ground and people are worried if surm consumers have less money to spend it will take a toll on this economy. >> i know you're reading the tea leaves. what are they telling you? will we have a deal in time? >> it's interesting. about 66% of investors pulled by uvs, the swiss bank, say that they believe a deal will happen. i can tell you the people i talk to on my show every day, they're placing bets one way or the other. the majority think there's a real good chance that we blow right through this. that we actually go right through it and they're hedging their bets in the investment community. they're not confident that the lawmakers will get it done and it may take some huge market event to r
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
news is i don't think it many will have meaningful deficit reduction. i think this is just going to keep dragging on and on. >> in your book, you advocate for raising the capital gains tax, which could make wall street owe a lot more money than it does now. >> yes. right. >> that's discussed as part of a fiscal cliff deal, but many believe that will end up hurting the economy, giving a disincentive to invest money? was that just focused on the real wealthy? >> i hear that argument a lot. number one is, i'm really tired of our tax policy decisions. you know, everything, being made by what the market's going to do in the next quarter. this is about aberration of the tax code and grossly unfair. say they raise top tax rate to 39.6% for those making more than $500,000. that means a lot of small businesses will are paying that nearly 40% marginal tax rate where you have billionaire private equity funds paying 15, 20, even 24, depending where they put it. it's not an issue of penalizing investment income. it's an issue of penalizing labor, and those who make their income through wages.
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